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Low Carbon Construction praise diversity and flexibility of T Level curriculum

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"Students are our future"

Low Carbon Construction (LCC) specialises in building modular houses. The company are pioneers in an innovative offsite/onsite method of construction, in which a temporary factory is created to assemble structural insulated panels (SIPs) on site. LCC’s goal is to make affordable housing more available within the UK to meet local needs and create a more sustainable, better balanced housing market.

“Students are our future. Our overall objective is to grow the sector and support other companies as well as LCC and our supply chain. There is a known skill shortage in the sector, so we must change young people’s education, modernise the opportunities and build their knowledge and enthusiasm. With the diverse nature of the curriculum in T Levels, we will be able to provide students with the relevant experience to grow our business from T level graduates."
Bridgette Farrow, LCC director

It was the diversity and flexibility of the T Level curriculum that interested Bridgette:

“T Levels seemed to have the required flexibility to provide an answer to the issue of skills in our sector.”

Working closely with supply chain partners, Bridgette and the LCC team have attended meetings and contributed to detailed planning with the college and as a result the curriculum is starting to take shape - Year 1 of the T Level programme will focus on building students’ skills, knowledge and confidence before they are released for longer industry placements in Year 2.

Challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges. Bridgette is happy to engage with students and their parents or carers to show them the types of opportunities that will be available and provide reassurance about the quality and safety of T Level industry placements.

COVID-19 should not disrupt their plans as students work within the COVID-19 requirements in place for everyone in the construction industry including regular temperature checks, hand cleaning, sanitising and masks.

“It is a lot of work, but the payback will be the development of a talent pipeline for LCC, and our supply chain partners. Students coming on industry placements with us will gain a rich understanding of the state-of-the-art products LCC choses to use, our green credentials and the attention to detail required to operate in this sector.”
Bridgette Farrow, LCC director

LCC’s top tips for industry placements

  1. Be warm and welcoming to students.
  2. Encourage them to ask questions – as many as they like!
  3. Give them an approachable link person within the company to ensure effective communication.
  4. Make them part of the team.
  5. Keep their interest levels high by engaging them as fully as possible in the work.
  6. Provide opportunities to enable them to show their potential.

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